Ahhh, video game movies – do they ever actually get made unless Ubisoft owns the brand? Speaking with IGN at a press event for the home video release of Don't Breathe, producer Sam Raimi has suggested that the movie adaptation of The Last of Us – which was announced all the way back in 2014 – is currently at a "standstill". Quelle surprise.
Here's what he had to say: "Well, unfortunately that one – when we went to Neil [Druckmann] with Ghost House Pictures we were hoping to get the rights like we do any project and then we'd take it out and sell it but we'd control the rights. With this one he went to Sony – who I have a very good relationship with – but they have their own plans for it and I think Neil's plan for it – I'm not trying to be political – Neil's plan for it is not the same as Sony's.
"And because my company doesn't have the rights, I actually can't help him too much. Even though I'm one of the producers on it the way he set it up, he sold his rights to Sony, Sony hired me as a producer by chance, and I can't get the rights free for him so I'm not in the driver's seat and I can't tell you what Sony and Neil together will decide on. If they do move forward I'd love to help them again."
There was talk that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams would assume the role of Ellie, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen now. Raimi, however, has admitted that he's still attached to the project – though he's not sure what that means anymore. "Right now it's just sitting there. They don't want to move forward, and it's not my place to say why, and Neil, I think, is in a slight disagreement with them about how things should go so there's a standstill. And I don't have the power to move it."
In other words, it's never coming out.